Fun with Personality Disorders (Part 3)

The last disorder classifed in cluster A is:

301.22 Schizotypal Personality Disorder   

A pervasive pattern of social and interpersonal deficits marked by acute discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

(1) ideas of reference (excluding delusions of reference)
(2) odd beliefs or magical thinking that influences behavior and is inconsistent with subcultural norms (e.g., superstitiousness, belief in clairvoyance, telepathy, or "sixth sense"; in children and adolescents, bizarre fantasies or preoccupations)
(3) unusual perceptual experiences, including bodily illusions
(4) odd thinking and speech (e.g., vague, circumstantial, metaphorical, overelaborate, or stereotyped)
(5) suspiciousness or paranoid ideation
(6) inappropriate or constricted affect
(7) behavior or appearance that is odd, eccentric, or peculiar
(8) lack of close friends or confidants other than first-degree relatives
(9) excessive social anxiety that does not diminish with familiarity and tends to be associated with paranoid fears rather than negative judgments about self

Interesting since it describes someone who is not only introverted but also exhibits eccentric fashion, paranoia, and erratic behaviour.  I guess life can be extremely interesting when people are unpredictable and act in ways that lighten the day, I suppose.  I believe that we have lost our humanity the moment we become extremely predictable in our lives in general as well as having one's behaviour easily predicted by others.  We sometimes need to be unpredictable and try out new things in life.  If I need a Schizotypal in my life to do this, then so be it…actually I don't anymore crazy people in my life, but I will make an effort to explore life to the fullest.

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